Judge Robert G. Rancourt

Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, Juris Doctor, 1976

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, Bachelor of Arts, 1973

Employment Background:

Private practice 1979-2002

Banking 1976-1979


Appointed as a Minnesota District Court Judge on February 8, 2002

Elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010 and 2016

Current term expires in January of 2023                                               

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court (1976)

Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1976)

Professional Memberships:

Advisory Council for the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Consultant for American University

Former Co-Chair of Committee to Establish Adult Treatment Court Standards

Former chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals

National Legislative Advisory Committee

National Veterans Treatment Court Committee

Former Vice-President of the Congress of State Drug Court Associations

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota District Judges Association

Court Activities:

Former Co-Chair of the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative Advisory Committee  

Minnesota Supreme Court Chemical Dependency Task Force

Supreme Court Appeal Panel

Domestic Abuse Task Force

Veterans StandDown Events

Regular Presenter at New Minnesota Judges’ Orientations

Judge Critiquer for Judicial Trial Skills Training Program

Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Tenth Judicial District Legislative Outreach Committee

Former Chair of the Tenth Judicial District Task Force on Innovative Judicial Interventions

Tenth Judicial District Pro Bono Committee

Tenth Judicial District Judicial Resources / Human Resources Committee

Tenth Judicial District Security Committee

Lead Judge of Chisago County Juvenile Drug Court

Chisago County Methamphetamine Task Force

Partners for a Drug-Free Chisago County

Conferences Attended/Presentations Given:

United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 2013

Alcohol Monitoring Systems Conference, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee in Rome, Italy on Adult Treatment Courts, 2012

National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Training Conference, 2007-2013

Minnesota State Drug Court Conference, 2008, 2011, and 2013

National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, 2012-2013

Drug Court Training for Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys, 2013

European Drug Court Briefings, 2012

National Adult Drug Court Standards Committee, 2011-2012

Rotary Club, 2007, 2009, and 2011

National Center for State Courts Symposium on Court Management, 2010

Dispositions and Sentencing Education Program, 2010

Forum on Trends and Tools to Prevent Rx and OTC Medicines Abuse, 2010

D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony, 2010

Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2009

Shutting Off the Tap to Teens Conference, 2008

Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties Conference, 2008

Criminal Justice Institute’s Innovative Practices, 2008

Juvenile Justice Forum, 2008

Guardian ad litem Annual Conference, 2007

St. Louis County Southwest Conference, 2006-2007

Ramsey County Methamphetamine Conference, 2006

Minnesota Methamphetamine Resource Center Conference, 2006

Hazelden Professional Conference, 2005

Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health Conference, 2005

Hazelden’s Professional in Residence Education Program, 2004

Appeared on numerous occasions on public access television and public radio discussing the effects of chemical dependency on the court.